June 4th, 2009
11:54 AM ET
5 years ago

House GOP proposes $375 billion in budget reductions

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The House Republican leadership upped the ante Thursday in the ongoing debate over the size and scope of the federal budget, unveiling a proposal to cut spending by $375 billion over the next five years.

The bulk of the GOP's proposed savings would come from capping non-defense discretionary spending at the level of inflation.

President Barack Obama "challenged us to come up with budget savings, and today House Republicans encourage him to not only look over our proposed ... common-sense taxpayer savings, but to join our effort," House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, said in a statement.

"For the sake of our young people and America's long-term fiscal viability, Congress simply cannot keep spending money that the president
himself admits we don't have."

Obama asked congressional Republicans to propose new budget reductions
during an April 24 meeting at the White House.

soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Keeth in California

    What took them so long to realize that they can't just say no?!? They have to propose alternatives too. Finally, some signs of intelligence within the GOP. I voted Obama, but I'm glad the GOP has done this.

    June 4, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. AJ

    The GOP rarely does anything for the sake of common sense and they are hardly the ones to be throwing stones regarding out of control spending. Since the "Republican Revolution" congress has been like a runaway cash train. The big difference is that while Democrats spend to help boost the standard of living for the average Joe, Republican spending is used to further enrich Republicans and their fat cat friends.

    June 4, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Jon in CA

    Obama asked Republicans to come up with budget reductions... not to implement... but to use as wedge issues for constitutents.

    "SEE SEE those Republicans don't care about you!! They want to cut funding for government-funded transgender operations for prisoners!!"

    June 4, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Bob

    If Congress is really serious about reducing expending they should eliminate all "pork" projects. In my view, the pork spending amounts to fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer funds.

    June 4, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It took these guys this long to come up with this plan? I guess something is better than nothing.

    June 4, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Common sense and Republican should never be used in the same sentence.

    June 4, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Paul from Phoenix

    About time.

    June 4, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Kevin, Austin TX

    Good. I can't wait to see specifics and if they are indeed an honest effort at reducing spending – and hopefully not on the backs of those who have the least amount of lobbyists in D.C.

    June 4, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. RH

    Fair play to the GOP, so long as their cuts are reasonable and defensible. It's about time.

    They could have offered their proposal without the smarmy, defiant tone, though.

    June 4, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Terry in Iowa

    This is a good thing. As an Obama supporter, I do believe that he and the congrational dems need to review this purposal. And I certainly hope they can find ways to cut spending as I firmly believe there is much waste.

    June 4, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. carlo

    Jon in Ca said:

    Obama asked Republicans to come up with budget reductions… not to implement… but to use as wedge issues for constitutents.

    "SEE SEE those Republicans don't care about you!! They want to cut funding for government-funded transgender operations for prisoners!!"
    ****************************************************************************

    It's better to be thought of as a fool Jon, than to say something and remove all doubts.

    The GOP is using this as a ploy to get away from the healthcare reform debate, to protect their big pharma and HMO donors. No one is convinced. Why pull the cuts out while the President is out of the country? Cowards.

    June 4, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Obama Victim

    not spending money??? this will never fly with The Messiah...

    now, if they apologize......you know...for being Americans...well, maybe

    June 4, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Ray

    It will be interesting to see what all this bill entails. From the short description, it looks like the American public will again be short-changed to the benefit of the military and their wealthy contractors. I will be looking for more details.

    June 4, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Enough

    Why doesn't he ask the Democrats to do the same? Does he want the Republicans to take the blame for taking away someones freebies that they now enjoy at our expense? Let's start with cutting any benefits given to those here illegally. That was easy, next!

    June 4, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Tax cuts and less spending is all they ever talk about. But, what they fail to understand is than come this winter when their city or town has no more money left in their budget to plow the streets, these ignorant Republicans can look in the mirror and see exactly why!

    June 4, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. James M. Holmes

    "The bulk of the GOP's proposed savings would come from capping non-defense discretionary spending at the level of inflation."

    Basically the GOP in a nutshell... Cut taxpayer spending that affects taxpayers, but we need more helicopters, aircraft carriers, bombs, obscene defense contracts, etc...

    The American militay budget could be cut in half and we would still spend more on defense than the whole world combined! The Military Industrial Complex still controls America and has the GOP in it's back pocket!

    I'm sure there are a few things in here that would make sense, but knowing the GOP... I'm pretty sure most of these suggestions wont be taken seriously and are just more attacks on the American Middle Class in the long run...

    June 4, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. New Day

    What are the reductions? How about some details, CNN? How can anyone have an opinion on this without any details? I mean, I am glad the GOP is up from their nap but, this is a non-story story.

    June 4, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. katiec

    Am very interested in seeing all of their suggested cuts. And, am concerned the middle class Americans will be the victims.
    There are so many ways spending can be cut, starting with the politicians theirselves. Their many perks, funds allowed for staff,
    traveling, expenses and retirements cost us billions a year.
    Departments doing duplicate work or no work at all. Firing
    unproductive federal workers. Monitoring and eliminating waste
    in the pentagon and their uncontrolled spending. There are billions that could be saved just by cleaning their own back yards.
    Have they addressed any of these?

    June 4, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. kgeukes

    As long as they listen the likes of Mush and the other goons...they will be the party of ...uh...no...I don't care what kind of ideas they come up with. And I totally agree with AJ 6/4/09/12:00pm

    June 4, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. Frank, Las Vegas

    Yes they came up with something, however it's the same old policy, make tax cuts to everything except defense. Sound familiar? So even when the Pentagon says they don't need or want a system, the GOP will still insist on funding it. Seems like the New GOP is the same as the Old GOP.

    June 4, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Pepper from CA

    Another GOP generality. Generalities are used for and in propaganda. If you want your budget to be taken seriously then you must provide details. The budget isn't a new idea so details should not be a problem.

    June 4, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    The question is – will Pelosi and Reid allow them to get to the floor in their respective chambers of congress?

    If so, great. Perhaps a small step towards the bipartisanship they claim to espouse. If not – well, now that would speak volumes.

    June 4, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Dace Tucson

    If they are so worried about our children's future now why did they destroy it for decades to come by the biggest deficit in the history of the world. And then go further to ruin the global economy and move all the decent jobs overseas and redistribute all the middle class wealth to the top 2% of the wealthiest Americans. They are hideous liars that have destroyed our country.

    June 4, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Melissa

    So the Republicans solution is "lets cut back on everything that might help anyone in any way while keeping our military spending exactly the same no matter what happens".

    Does anyone else see the idiocy in this idea?

    Once again, the GOP do not have any real solutions.

    They'd rather not keep American money in their own country, spent on their own people, and want to spend it on foreign wars.

    NO. Do you Republicans not get it? The answer is NO. We the people are your boss and you WILL listen to us. Cut the military spending, bring the soldiers home, and spend the money on things like education, health care, and other things that will actually help your people.

    Enough is enough.

    June 4, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. David

    The republicans are 8 years too late with their 'common sense taxpayer savings' proposals.

    In the past 8 years the Republicans have not come up with a 'viable' proposal to anything. Be sure that the 'common sense' cuts are things like 'healthcare', 'education', 'infrastructure', 'alternative energy', or anything that promotes rational thought and growth for the 'American' people.

    Maybe the republicans should really listen to President Obama's speech from Cairo. It was also clearly directed at our home grown 'extremist' republican party.

    June 4, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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